You’re Invited: Pizza with the Dean Nov. 3rd & 4th!

Calling all CHHS students – save the date! You are invited to attend our first pizza with the Dean event for the fall semester, coming up on Monday, Nov. 3rd and Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Chat, network and let your voice be heard. There are TWO dates depending on your major. Please see below for exact dates and time. Oh, and did we mention – it’s all FREE?! No RSVP required. We’ll see you there!

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Global Research Series: Sport Entertainment in Slovenia

Dr. Michael Mahoney

The beautiful and picturesque backdrop of Slovenia may make for an excellent getaway for some, but for Recreation Administration Professor, Dr. Michael Mahoney, it served as the perfect location to conduct his research and comparative analysis projects.

Slovenia, which is bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, has a population slightly above two million. Mahoney even has a dual citizenship with the European country. He has several projects in the works, which all involve his focus area of sport and entertainment facility management.

His first project deals with facility management in regards to public transportation in the region. Transit Planning: A Collaborative Approach by Facility Management, Municipal Government, and Private Business, came into fruition one year ago in September 2013, when Mahoney left the late summer heat of Fresno for Slovenia to embark on his sabbatical.

He arrived in the country to attend the European Basketball Championships – EuroBasket Slovenia 2013, in the city of Ljubljana, in which he conducted his primary research, and as a transport hub for meetings in Croatia (Arena Zagreb) and England (Emirates Stadium).

Stožice Center in Ljubljana

Throughout his fall 2013 stay in Slovenia, he met with representatives of Šport Ljubljana – an agency that oversees the cities’ Stožice Center (Arena and Stadium). This relatively new entertainment center hosts a variety of sports, concerts, and more. The idea for the transit-planning project came about following the 2013 European Men’s Basketball Championships, held at the arena. Due to patrons coming from many European nations including neighboring countries, a two to three hour drive away, the issue of traffic and transportation was a bit of a challenge.

Now Mahoney is taking a look at prior challenges (i.e., IL DIVO 2012 concert, EuroBasket 2013) and configuring alternative plans that could be put in place to alleviate such transport and accessibility challenges.

“Events geared towards locals is easy, but planning for non-natives is different,” Mahoney said. “You need to account for increased numbers of visitors, vehicles, VIP and sponsor shuttles, staff, media, designated parking lots, etc. Failure to accommodate those persons with special needs or mobility limitations is unacceptable. Venue and event accessibility, along with transportation planning and buy-in from not only the host venue but, also the organizing committee and/or promoter, governmental officials, and private industry is key.”

He most recently traveled back to the country to attend the MakeLearn – Management Knowledge and Learning International Conference in the city of Portoroz, where he also presented his project, Engaging with Industry: Collaborative Action Research as a Useful Tool in Facility Management.

Energy Input and Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Turf Maintenance Equipment and Select European Stadiums is another project Mahoney is working on. This project looks at researching everything that goes into maintaining and sustaining turf, including the equipment used and amount of energy that is involved. He just started that project this past summer and hopes to expand on it by including additional European stadiums, beyond the already participating Stožice Stadium.

University of Ljubljana

While in Slovenia, Mahoney made the most of his time by enrolling in the Summer Slovene language class at the Center of Slovene Studies, University of Ljubljana. He took the four-week long language course during the mornings and spent the rest of his day conducting research and meeting with project members. Mahoney hopes to have better fluency of the language from the country he has grown to love.

Mahoney’s other projects include conducting a comparative analysis of fire and safety protocols between the U.S. and Europe and also taking a look at the United Kingdom’s Equality Act as compared to the Americans with Disabilities Act pertaining to sports and entertainment venues.

The great thing about Mahoney’s research is that he is able to take what he has learned and apply it toward his coursework, giving his students a firsthand account of what they can possibly experience in their future career in sport and entertainment facility management.

“By including global research findings and industry challenges into the curriculum, the class response has been highly interactive, and inclusive of truly analytical and practitioner focused thinking,” said Mahoney. “Students connect to the successes and challenges exhibited via the global projects, and several have expressed desires to intern and/or seek industry employment opportunities abroad.”

To learn more about Dr. Mahoney’s research in Slovenia, please contact him at 559.278.5263 or



Race your way to the 2BU Challenge to benefit CDDS students! Happening Nov. 2nd.

What does it mean TO BE YOU (2BU)? Sign language interpreters often act has a bridge between the Deaf and hearing worlds for individuals who do not know American Sign Language (ASL). 2BU emphasizes the importance of closing the communication gap that frequently separates the Deaf and hearing worlds by attributing the positive attitude “to be you”. We ask you to please join the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies Department (CDDS), as they raise awareness through generous donations, sponsorships and support for current students majoring in interpreting.

The 2BU Team’s first marathon in 2011.

CDDS faculty and students will be participating in the upcoming Two Cities Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 2nd as part of the 5th annual 2BU Fundraiser and to raise awareness! You, too, can play a role by donating a gift or sponsoring the team. Three simple ways to do this include:

  • Make an online donation at: Just check the ‘other’ box and type in “interpreting”. If you are sponsoring a specific runner, please list their name as well.
  • Submit check donation to: Sign Language Scholarship Fund, California State University, Fresno, 2345 E. San Ramon, M/S MH26, Fresno, Ca 93740-8031
  • Make a credit card donation to the program and/or team by contacting Development Director, Dana Lucka, at 559.278.5590 or
Bryan and Natalie Berrett at the finish line!

This fundraiser initially began in 2011 by Dr. Bryan Berrett, Chair in the CDDS Department, and and his wife, Natalie Berrett, who is also a professor in the department. As the Interpreter Education Program Coordinator, Bryan knows all too well how costly student fees can be. One in particular, the National Interpreter Certification exam, can cost students between $285 to $475. All interpreting students must take this exam in order to be certified.

“It is costly and we want to help alleviate that stress for them,” Berrett said. They created the 2BU fundraiser that year and linked it to the annual Two Cities Marathon, which stretches through both Fresno and Clovis.

If you would like to show your support for this great cause and be a part of the 2BU Team, please contact the CDDS office at 559.278.7218 or send an email to You can also find the team on facebook! Volunteers are also needed!

The 2BU Team in 2013.
The 2BU Team in 2013.

CHHS Doctoral Programs Featured in Fresno State Magazine

Did you see us in the latest issue of Fresno State Magazine? Many new and bold developments are occurring within our college and we are excited to see them all highlighted in the latest fall 2014 issue!

Not One, but TWO Doctoral Programs

The issue mentions that Fresno State reached a momentous milestone in 2007, by becoming the first California State University (CSU) campus to offer post-baccalaureate doctoral degrees. Seven years later, Fresno State is home to three total doctoral programs – and it we are proud to note that two of those three are housed right here in the College of Health and Human Services! The Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, established in 2008, puts itself ahead of the pack, as just one of three universities in California to offer the rigorous DPT program. This comes as an important time, since as of 2015, a doctorate degree in physical therapy will be required in order to become a fully licensed physical therapist here in the United States.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, established in 2012, is the newest doctorate program on campus. The program serves as a joint venture with San Jose State University, under the California State University, Northern Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice program. They graduated their very first cohort this past Spring. The hundreds of DNP leaders that will graduate from this program over the years will serve a vital role in meeting the rising health care needs of our region.

Breaking Ground on New Endeavors

Fresno State also featured our new Physical Therapy and Intercollegiate Athletic Building in their cover article. The new two-story, 22,400-square-foot building officially broke ground in May 2014. The first floor of the new building will serve as a dedicated space for physical therapy research and teaching labs and house the administrative and faculty offices of that department. The new building is set to open in the summer of 2015.

Read the full issue of Fresno State Magazine HERE.

[All images and articles used are courtesy of Fresno State Magazine.]

Celebrating our Engagement is tonight. Watch it LIVE!

Celebrating our Engagement is happening THIS evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in North Gym 118! Can’t make it? We’ve got you covered! Head to, to watch the event streaming LIVE from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. and catch opening remarks from Interim Dean Jody Hironaka-Juteau and Provost Lynette Zelezny.  At that time, we’ll also be showcasing our main presenters of the evening, Drs. John Capitman, Jaymin Kwon and Kara Zografos, who are presenting their project, Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study: Creating Research Opportunities for Fresno State Students and Faculty.

The rest of the evening will provide an opportunity to view outstanding faculty research, exciting new initiatives and innovative student projects. This year, we are excited to have 24 research projects represented by faculty from the various academic disciplines within our seven departments in the College of Health and Human Services. The research projects will be on display throughout the room, so please stop by and learn all about the innovative and bold projects going on in our college!

Fresno State encourages all individuals to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 8.5276 in advance of your participation.

Celebrating Enagement flyer 2014


The Cardinal & Blue Award goes to….

Congrats to our Fresno State Kinesiology Department! They were recently awarded the inaugural College of Health and Human Services’ “Cardinal & Blue” Award, given to the department with the highest percentage of attendance at the 2014 commencement! Pictured is Associate Dean Mitzi Lowe (l), Interim Dean Jody Hironaka-Juteau (m) and Kinesiology Chair Scott Sailor…and it’s safe to say, they were excited. #GoDogs! Who will come away the winner next year? Stay tuned!

CHHS in the News!

We’ve had a very busy and exciting week here at the College of Health and Human Services! From exciting new initiatives and projects, to tapping into the expertise of our faculty, the news media community has taken notice. Here are some of the stories that you might have seen lately on your local news:

$606,226 Social Work grant to train students working with Latinos

Video courtesy of ABC30.

Read more about that Consejo Project HERE.


Public Health Department Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study

Video courtesy of KSEE24.

Read more about the study HERE.


School of Nursing reflects on precautionary measures for healthcare workers dealing with Ebola

Video courtesy of ABC30.

Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.


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